If you are getting a bit tired of blaming Fremantle Council for everything that goes wrong, here is a new target.
This is the new Western Australian Mark McGowan Labor government for the next four years, so keep them on their toes and under scrutiny.
I wish the new Premier and Ministers all the best and don’t envy them their task of governing under extremely tight financial conditions.
May they make more good than bad decisions for our state. Good luck!
Simone McGurk the Labor member for Fremantle has been appointed by Premier Mark McGowan to become the Minister for Child Protection, Women’s Interests, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services.
That’s a lot of portfolios, so good luck Simone!
There is an interesting opinion piece in the West Australian today about the limitations of urban infill and the necessity of regional development.
Higher density in established suburbs and near railway stations and bus lines is not something that can go on indefinitely, so other alternatives need to be considered.
The WA state government has long been talking about decentralisation and to its credit has moved some departments out of the Perth CBD, but private businesses and large corporations still appear reluctant to open offices outside of Perth.
Most big law, mining and advertising companies are in Perth or West Perth and Fremantle has been struggling for decades to attract large companies to relocate here.
While it is good that Fremantle has so much residential, commercial and tourist development at the moment, there is only limited space in the inner city and we need to protect the unique character and heritage attraction of our city.
But decentralisation and city planning needs to become a much bigger picture than that even and fast rail transport to places like Northam, Albany, Bunbury and Geraldton should be considered.
Mining companies should start building permanent accommodation for their personnel in the Pilbara to decrease the high-polluting FIFO process and increase the regional population.
The Perth metropolitan urban sprawl needs to stop because it is not sustainable and too expensive, but filling up character older suburbs with ugly high concrete boxes is also not the solution.
What our politicians lack is big visionary thinking when it comes to planning the regional cities of the future. Planning is still far too much Perth-centric that will only worsen the traffic, public transport and environmental problems that are inevitable when too many people are squeezed into city living.
Innovative integrated regional development should be a priority for the new McGowan Labor government.
It’s W.A. Election Day!
There is an overkill of signs at all the polling boots around Fremantle. Volunteers from all parties were out all through the night to put them up, so good on them for their commitment.
Long queues already at the Beacy Primary School at 8 am and it’s going to be a warm day so enjoy the sausage sizzles and cake stalls.
Fremantle Port looks as if Labor leader and former Navy officer Mark McGowan has called in a few favours to show Bad Boy Boom Bust Barnett and his supporters who will be in charge from Monday on.
There are five warships in the port and one off shore, so that is a clear show of force. ; >)
One more sleep!